Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories

Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories

by Lauren Groff


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316317771
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 182,777
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lauren Groff is the author of The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers; Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award; and Fates and Furies, a National Book Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Tin House, One Story, McSweeney's, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and three editions of The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and two sons.


Gainesville, FL, USA

Date of Birth:

July 23, 1978

Place of Birth:

Cooperstown, NY, USA


BA English and French Literature, Amherst College, 201: MFA in Fiction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006

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Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Lallybroch on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The first story in the book is set in Templeton. I loved this because it was like going home, back to a familiar, comfortable setting. From here, the stories all feature women, but they are all vastly different. This difference in all the stories was one of my favorite aspects of this collection. Often times with short stories it seems like you are reading variations on the same story over and over. I never felt that way with this collection.There were a couple of times that the voice the story was told in seemed a little strange, a little off. By the end of the story, though, I always understood exactly why Groff told the story the way she did, and it always made perfect sense.Groff's writing is beautiful and captivating without being overdone. I would often set the book aside after completing a story just to keep the characters with me a little while longer. LaurenGroff has definitely made her way on to my "must read"
pandalibrarian on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Each of the nine stories in this collection showcases a strong female character. In a couple of the stories, we don¿t know the protagonist¿s name, but we know everything else about her. They are athletes, journalists, mothers, daughters and wives but most of all ¿ they are survivors. Settings are as varied as the female characters ¿ France, Buenos Aires, New York ¿ just to name a few. The first story, Lucky Chow Fun, shares a setting with Monsters of Templeton, Groff¿s first novel. These exquisite stories deserve to be read and savored individually before moving on to the next one.
glade1 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I loved Monsters of Templeton, so I looked up this title. I enjoyed it very much, especially the stories "Fugue," "Watershed," and "L. DeBard and Aliette." This author has a wonderful way with words and imagines interesting characters. I will keep my eye out for more of Groff's work.
bachaney on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Lauren Groff's "Delicate Edible Birds" is a collection of nine short stories that deal with the intimate details of women's lives in the face of adversity. Unlike many story collections, each of Groff's stories is unique--they are all told by women of different ages, perspectives, and stations in life--so you don't feel like you are reading the same short story retold multiple times in a single volume. Groff gives each of her women a strong narrative voice, rich with the emotions attached to their situations. My favorite stories in this volume included Lucky Chow Fun, in which a small town ripped apart by a sex scandal is chronicled by a high school girl; Majorette, which traces the life of an under-appreciated young woman as she uses baton twirling to aid her growth into a capable woman who raises a confident daughter; and Watershed, the story of a reckless love affair that ends in tragedy. All of the stories in this volume are as different and rich as these three, and they each leave you wishing for just a little bit longer glimpse into these women's lives. I would recommend this volume of short stories to anyone who enjoys reading stories about strong women in the face of adversity. These stories are rich and memorable. I can't wait to see what is next from the obviously talented Groff.
litpixie More than 1 year ago
Before this collection I'd read Groff's work in One Story and in an anthology of Best American Short Stories. This is a beautiful collection. Each story is well written and several take sharp turns that aren't completely expected. Possibly the most surprising story was the final story "Delicate Edible Birds" about a group of journals trying to escape Paris just as the Nazis entered. The story is powerful and it stays with you long after you put the book down.
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Lauren Groff has rendered a surreal, disturbing and provocative collection of short stories in Delicate, Edible Birds. Listen closely for the water trickling through each - a common, mysterious thread amidst very different settings, plots and characters...
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JNB415 More than 1 year ago
I loved this collection of women's stories. I was impressed with how different they each were, and I was drawn in by each one. I could not put this book down. I look forward to reading Lauren Groff's other works.